March 1, 2018: What to Know 

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  • Walmart, the biggest retailer on the planet, announced Wednesday that it would join Dick's Sporting Goods in limiting its sales of firearms, including a requirement that gun buyers be at least 21, regardless of local laws. The news came on the same day that President Donald Trump surprised more than a few of his supporters by calling for comprehensive gun control legislation. The New York Times reports Trump also suggested that guns be seized from mentally ill people or others who present a danger.
    "Take the guns first, go through due process second," said Trump.

  • Meanwhile, congregants packed a church in the small town of Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday, with hundreds of attendees carrying AR-15-style assault weapons into the house of worship. NPR reports the faithful believe a "Rod of Iron" mentioned in the Bible refers to the same type of weapon used in the February mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead. The Associated Press reports that a school near the Pennsylvania church canceled classes for the day. The event also prompted a protest outside the church with one protester saying, "It's scaring people in the community." The gun-toting event inside the church was part of a week-long "Festival of Grace."
  • A Boise man was killed Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on Idaho State Highway 55, just south of the Banks/Lowman Highway junction. Idaho State Police said 25-year-old Alex Bunch was driving northbound in a 2006 Kia Spectra when the vehicle crossed the southbound lanes, went down an embankment and landed in the Payette River. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is ongoing.

  • Commuters were faced with freezing rain in the Treasure Valley and significant snowfall at higher elevations Thursday morning. The National Weather Service posted a Winter Storm Warning for the West Central mountains and the communities of Idaho City, Stanley and McCall. Forecasters say a lot more winter weather is on its way to the region.

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    With just a few days until the Oscars, the Motion Picture Academy is considering a new rule which would prohibit so-called "double-dipping," where the same film gets an Oscar nomination and an Emmy nomination from the Television Academy. The Hollywood Reporter points to a few examples such as Mudbound, which is up for four Oscars this year despite the fact that it was produced by Netflix and has been showing on that network for a few months already.  Another example is OJ: Made in America which won the 2016 Oscar for Best Documentary, despite the fact that it was produced by ESPN television and won several Emmy awards.
  • Meanwhile, the Motion Picture Academy is offering a rare glimpse of the set design for the upcoming Oscar ceremony, which will include a stunning 45,000,000 Swarovski crystals. People magazine says the set is designed so that specific lighting can dramatically change its look. For example, for one segment of the ceremony, the set will "look like the set of a movie musical from the 1920s," while later in the program, the same set will be lit to accentuate "giant, concentric rings invoking a more modern feel."

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